You don’t have to like somebody to buy from them, but it helps. Not everybody who buys from you likes you, but it helps.
In 2010, rental companies began expanding their fleets of telescopic handlers, called telehandlers for short, kicking off a trend that is expected to continue for several years. That’s good news for commercial tire dealers, as the telehandler equipment purchased at the start of the buying spree now needs replacement tires. More good news is that managing inventory to service telehandlers is relatively easy because just two tire sizes cover most of the telehandler fleet in North America.
Equipment suppliers agree that the biggest obstacle to properly balancing any type of wheel is not centering it correctly on the balancer. A variety of adapters are available to help technicians center a wheel. Modern Tire Dealer asked suppliers which adapters are essential, which are optional, and why.
Tracking high and ultra-high performance shipments is not as easy as it once was. Fifteen years ago, the definitions were clear: High performance referred to H-rated tires 70-series and under. UHP tires were anything V- and Z-rated. And UHP tires were a niche market, a sub-segment of the high performance category.
In the last 20 years performance tires have gotten bigger, faster, more expensive, and more important to your bottom line.
A customer walks in with a handful of papers, prices circled, tire brands highlighted. His sporty ride, a 2013 Ford Mustang GT coupe, is parked out front. He needs tires and is ready to buy.
A lot of news came out of the 2016 Goodyear Dealer Conference, all aimed at preparing tire dealers for the near future and beyond. Here are five key take-a-ways from the “Breaking-Through” conference, in no particular order.
We celebrated the 50th anniversary of our Facts Issue in January 2016. The issue featured an unprecedented 23 pages of facts. By comparison, the facts section of our first Facts Issue was only five pages long.
I can certainly sympathize with the Herchick family (per your editorial in the November 2015 issue of Modern Tire Dealer). Having only started eight years earlier, we can all look back at better times.
There are three major issues you will have to deal with as tire dealers in 2016 and beyond. The first is Obamacare. The second is tire labeling. And the third is tire registration.
The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) monitors air pressure in the four road tires (excludes spare). Pressure in the spare tire is not monitored. There are two tire pressure monitoring systems available, a base system and a premium system. The base system does not specify how many tires are low or where they are located. The premium system does so.
In 2010, Balkrishna Industries Ltd., BKT for short, was a $300 million Indian tire manufacturer. Its off-highway products, including OTR and agricultural tires, were produced in three plants in India. The tires were not exported on a global basis.
When he joined Discount Tire in 2001 as assistant vice president of strategic planning, Michael Zuieback focused on “capturing the values of the company,” as he puts it.